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Saguaro

RESCUED 1994 - 2004

Saguaro was rescued from the Camarillo pound in 1994, and we do not know his exact age, he was with us for 10 great years.

In August 2004 we found skin cancer on his tongue, and after a strong fight and positive outlook on life, he passed away in his sleep Saturday, October 2nd, 2004. We will never know his age, but we do know he was always happy to see you all at the beach show, and I am sure you all share our grief and loss.

Thank you for your condolences, we are missing him and hope that he will always be remembered as the dog, that gave his fur, to make the brushes, that painted the fish, that went to homes (all over the world), .... and help people smile.

What more could any dog ask for... besides a treat!

Why did we use Saguaro's fur to make brushes? His fur brushes kept the colors consistent. We could apply our colors in one brush stroke. We work with green-ware, and it absorbs water very fast. The colors are a blend made with a mix of glaze, under-glaze and glass. The brush strokes can dry out so fast that when a second layer is applied the color changes. This type of coloring takes more time.

But why the dog's fur you ask? Well Tony read in a Ceramics magazine a few years back about a great artist that stopped making pottery and switched to making paint brushes! He kiln dries his bamboo and uses Squirrel and Raccoon fur, maybe other furs too, it was a while ago... So when the brush strokes started drying out Tony decided to try making his own brushes! Tony's neighbor removed a hedge of Black bamboo, so he dried it in his studio by hanging it in the rafters, he saw a squirrel, but he couldn't catch it, he saw a Raccoon in the road, but didn't want to touch it, so he tried his own hair, and that did not work to well. After years of chewed up tables, shoes, holes dug in the yard and fur drifts on the fences, he noticed just how many times he brushed his dog and all the fur clouds it made when he did. So he decided to try saguaro's fur to make brushes. It took many tries to get the right bristles sorted out, and now he has many fine brushes. These were used to finish the artwork from Time Out studios. Saguaro's fur was carefully collected, spooled and then inserted into a hand drilled black bamboo handle. It took a year to make a decent brush, but now the colors painted on the sculptures are kept consistent and uniform by experience and talent.

Thanks for taking a closer look.

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